Mark Billingham and My Darling Clementine: The Other Half

Mark Billingham and My Darling Clementine: The Other Half

Crime writer Mark Billingham and country band My Darling Clementine come together for The Other Half, a blend of storytelling and music about love, loneliness and broken promises. 

Ricky Tomlinson: Guilty My Arse

Ricky Tomlinson: Guilty My Arse

He promises that next year he’ll bring his comedy show to the Fringe, but right now Ricky Tomlinson has serious matters to discuss. 

Mairi Hedderwick: Growing Up with Katie Morag

Mairi Hedderwick: Growing Up with Katie Morag

Mairi Hedderwick, author and illustrator, talks about her most famous creation, Katie Morag, and offers some wry insights and observations from behind the scenes of the multi award… 

Immigrant Diaries: Sajeela Kershi and Guests

Immigrant Diaries: Sajeela Kershi and Guests

Looking over my time at this year’s Fringe, there have been several topics that have come up time and time again. 

Will Hutton: How Good We Can Be

Will Hutton: How Good We Can Be

Will Hutton examines how Britain could create an economy, society and democracy in which the mass of citizens flourish – reinventing and repurposing core institutions like the co… 

Owen Jones: The Politics of Hope

Owen Jones: The Politics of Hope

In Owen Jones: The Politics of Hope, Jones proves himself to be an engaging and eloquent speaker without any airs of pretension. 

Polly Toynbee and David Walker: In Praise of Tax

Polly Toynbee and David Walker: In Praise of Tax

A sage said ‘nothing can be certain but death and taxes’. 

Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!

Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!

When Tom Stade walks on stage you can tell he’s at home. 

Jonathan Meades: Composing the Past

Jonathan Meades: Composing the Past

Meades’ recent An Encyclopaedia of Myself was described as ‘a masterpiece’ by Roger Lewis in the FT, and ‘by far the best picture of the 1950s I have read’ by George Walden in the … 

The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

Stand-up comedy and theatre rarely interact in meaningful ways. 

Hooray for All Kinds of Things

Hooray for All Kinds of Things

Sandy Nelson’s comic play examines the intriguing events of the 2010 Reykjavik Municipal elections, in which comedian and actor, Jon Gnarr, became the Mayor of Iceland’s capital, d… 

Tessa Dunlop: An Audience with The Bletchley Girls

Tessa Dunlop: An Audience with The Bletchley Girls

Author Tessa Dunlop hosts a one-off, revelatory session with three of the extraordinary women who were involved in Britain’s most secret wartime operation and feature in her book… 

Chris Ingham: Celebrating Hoagy Carmichael

Chris Ingham: Celebrating Hoagy Carmichael

Chris Ingham (piano/vocal) and Paul Higgs (trumpet) salute the great American songwriter. 

Soweto Spiritual Singers: The Return

Soweto Spiritual Singers: The Return

The Soweto Spiritual Singers are at the Fringe with two shows, this later one at the Assembly Rooms called The Return, is an uplifting and enjoyable hour of African spirituality. 

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Observer restaurant critic and chair of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet, Jay Rayner examines our fascination with lousy reviews, recalls some of his worst nights out and shares the… 

Township Voices

Township Voices

The Dloko High School Choir from Umlazi Township, South Africa, return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, having performed sell-out shows in the Assembly Rooms in 2014, where it was… 

Richard Wiseman: How to be Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

Richard Wiseman: How to be Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

Richard Wiseman, psychologist and bestselling author of several popular psychology books, returns to the Fringe to talk for an hour about the psychology of perception, touching on … 

Wendy Hoose by Johnny McKnight

Wendy Hoose by Johnny McKnight

Glasgow-based Birds of Paradise Theatre Company is arguably Scotland’s most innovative and ground-breaking theatre company when it comes to exploring disability and producing ful… 

Pip Utton: Adolf

Pip Utton: Adolf

One of the most exciting solo shows of the past decade. 

Carol Grimes with Dorian Ford: The Singer's Tale

Carol Grimes with Dorian Ford: The Singer's Tale

Carol Grimes, the Piaf singer/songwriter of British music. 

AC Grayling: The Meanings of Life

AC Grayling: The Meanings of Life

Is there one kind of life that is the true and right life for all human beings, or are many kinds of good lives possible? If the latter, does this mean that there are no absolutes … 

Nina Conti: Talking Comedy

Nina Conti: Talking Comedy

Nina has won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, and made a BAFTA nominated film. 

Detention

Detention

Hijinks and flying kicks abound in this piece of non-verbal physical comedy from the Hong Kong-based Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio, last unleashed on an unsuspecting Fringe in 2012. 

Alexei Sayle: Talking Comedy

Alexei Sayle: Talking Comedy

Alexei’s varied career spans work as comic, novelist, actor and columnist. 

Jerry Sadowitz: Comedian, Magician, Bawbag!

Jerry Sadowitz: Comedian, Magician, Bawbag!

The nightmare continues. 

Loving Linda Smith Gala Concert: In Aid of Target Ovarian Cancer

Loving Linda Smith Gala Concert: In Aid of Target Ovarian Cancer

Jo Brand, Phill Jupitus, Mark Thomas, Susan Calman, Bridget Christie, Liz Lochhead, Arthur Smith, Jo Caulfield, Fred MacAulay and Angela Barnes. 

Jo Brand: Talking Comedy

Jo Brand: Talking Comedy

Long established as one of the UK’s best female comics Jo talks about her career in comedy with Olly Double, curator of British Stand-Up Comedy Archive. 

Come Together, Barb Jungr and John McDaniel Perform The Beatles

Come Together, Barb Jungr and John McDaniel Perform The Beatles

In this exciting collaboration, award-winning vocalist and performer, Jungr, and Grammy and Emmy Award winner McDaniel investigate The Beatles; celebrating Paul, John, George and R… 

Sequamur

Sequamur

The new Gaelic language play Sequamur, by Donald S Murray, reflects on the life of educationalist William J Gibson, headmaster of the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway between 1894 and… 

Danny Dorling: Economic Inequality and Our Grandchildren’s Future

Danny Dorling: Economic Inequality and Our Grandchildren’s Future

Did Scotland vote the wrong way on independence? Predicting the future is hard, but if we carry on the path we’re on what becomes of our grandchildren? There is no way that every… 

Virginia Ironside: Growing Old Disgracefully

Virginia Ironside: Growing Old Disgracefully

At 70, Virginia Ironside writes a regular agony column for the Independent and the OIdie, and her latest comic novel is Yes! I Can Manage Thank You! In her one-woman show she expla… 

Barnardo's Big Comedy Benefit

Barnardo's Big Comedy Benefit

A bumper-length show giving you the chance to help raise vital funds for Barnardo’s while previewing a selection of this year’s top Fringe shows, courtesy of some of your favourite… 

Susan Calman: Talking Comedy

Susan Calman: Talking Comedy

Award-winning stand-up comedian, writer and actress talks about her career in comedy, with Olly Double, curator of British Stand-Up Comedy Archive. 

Steve Richards Presents Rock'n'Roll Politics 4

Steve Richards Presents Rock'n'Roll Politics 4

Steve Richards Presents Rock N Roll Politics 4. 

The Periodic Fable

The Periodic Fable

Science and panto combine in this energetic family romp that means well, but ultimately fails to stick together as a whole. 

The Everlasting Book Tour: Where Literature, Comedy And Ian Macpherson Collide

The Everlasting Book Tour: Where Literature, Comedy And Ian Macpherson Collide

Ian Macpherson is perhaps best known for a joke he came up with years ago: ‘They say you play at _____ twice in your career. 

Stephen K Amos: Talking Comedy

Stephen K Amos: Talking Comedy

Stephen K Amos has charmed and entertained audiences all over the world with his natural, assured delivery and his honest, original material. 

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

Founded in 1960, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas boast a string of classic Motown hits, including (Love is Like a) Heat Wave, Nowhere to Run, Jimmy Mack, Bless You and Dancing in t… 

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

In a typically idiosyncratic twist Carol-Ann Duffy is collaborating with her ‘favourite’ court musician John Sampson for a reading of work from across her gargantuan oeuvre. 

Mark Thomas: Talking Comedy

Mark Thomas: Talking Comedy

Comedian and activist Mark Thomas talks to Olly Double, curator of British Stand-Up Comedy Archive, about how his comedy has evolved to embrace both theatre and politics. 

Free Gaza!

Free Gaza!

Comedians Daniel Kitson, Mark Steel, Mark Thomas and Ivor Dembina join forces to raise money for IMET2000, a charity bringing front-line medical relief to victims of last year’s bo… 

Mark Thompson's A Space Traveller's Guide to the Solar System

Mark Thompson's A Space Traveller's Guide to the Solar System

Is it possible for one person to journey around the solar system in the space of a human lifetime? This show is as much about the alien worlds in our planetary neighborhood as it i… 

Robin Ince's Reality Tunnel

Robin Ince's Reality Tunnel

“The thing I was going to show you – well there’s a few things to show you – but I want to tell you something else first,” says Robin Ince some time into this intellectua… 

Charlotte Green: The News is Read

Charlotte Green: The News is Read

Listening to Charlotte Green talk for an hour on any subject is an enjoyable way to spend any afternoon, but hearing her talk about her long and distinguished career as a newsreade… 

Don't Tell Him Pike: Part 2. More Tales from the Not So Stupid Boy...

Don't Tell Him Pike: Part 2. More Tales from the Not So Stupid Boy...

Die-hard fans of classic BBC Sitcom Dad’s Army will particularly enjoy this panel discussion, Q&A and selection of nostalgic clips from Ian Lavender, aka Private Pike, and fellow… 

Hugh McIlvanney

Hugh McIlvanney

Once called ‘the greatest sports writer in the English-speaking world’, Hugh McIlvanney is garlanded with awards and remains sharp and perceptive in the Sunday Times. 

Liz Lochhead With Steve Kettley: Old Pals and Party Pieces

Liz Lochhead With Steve Kettley: Old Pals and Party Pieces

The second ever Scots Makar (national poet) Liz Lochhead has teamed up with saxophonist Steve Kettley for this nostalgic selection of her favourite poems from a 50-year career. 

Pip Utton: Playing Maggie

Pip Utton: Playing Maggie

Margaret Thatcher was – still is, two years after her death – a divisive figure, loved and hated in equal measure. 

Worbey and Farrell's House Party

Worbey and Farrell's House Party

Ostensibly, Worbey and Farrell’s show is a piano recital. 

Matt Parker: Now in 4D

Matt Parker: Now in 4D

Award-winning maths comedian and Rubik’s cube world record holder Matt Parker is once more forming a maths + comedy venn diagram with lively stand-up and mind-boggling maths. 

The Assembly Rooms Very Best of the Fest

The Assembly Rooms Very Best of the Fest

Six superb showcases featuring the very best comedy from across the Fringe. 

Elaine C Smith's Burdz Eye View

Elaine C Smith's Burdz Eye View

Elaine C Smith the comedienne, actress, singer, writer, raconteur, political activist and star of Rab C Nesbitt returns to the Fringe with a new one woman show – a brilliant mix … 

Sarah-Jane Morris: Bloody Rain

Sarah-Jane Morris: Bloody Rain

The British soul, jazz and r’n’b singer who topped the UK pop charts with The Communards in 1986 with ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’. 

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Promiscuous England

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Promiscuous England

The English have been typecast as imperial snobs, rule-bound, repressed, class-ridden, prejudiced – their racism cuts and scars. 

Chris Mullin: The Art of Political Leadership

Chris Mullin: The Art of Political Leadership

Churchill, Attlee, Thatcher, Blair. 

The Missing Hancocks: Live in Edinburgh! (Show A)

The Missing Hancocks: Live in Edinburgh! (Show A)

The Missing Hancocks is a genuine blast from the past. 

Jon Ronson: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Jon Ronson: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Ever made a joke on Twitter that came out wrong and as a consequence been torn apart by a crazy mob? Or been part of crazy mob tearing someone apart for telling a joke on Twitter? … 

Kate Fox: Baby I Don't Care

Kate Fox: Baby I Don't Care

More and more people don’t want children. 

Stuart Cosgrove

Stuart Cosgrove

Stuart Cosgrove is one of Scotland’s sharpest and wittiest contemporary observers. 

Facebooked!

Facebooked!

You know those moments that happen on the bus, or in the street, where you eavesdrop on someone’s conversation and gain a brief window into their world? Do you ever think that yo… 

Myriam Francois-Cerrah: Overstating Religion in the Middle East

Myriam Francois-Cerrah: Overstating Religion in the Middle East

Politics or religion as a source of conflict? From the Israeli Palestinian conflict, via Iran and ISIL, much of what we hear about the Middle East is couched in the language of anc… 

John Pilger: Power and Propaganda (Q&A)

John Pilger: Power and Propaganda (Q&A)

Journalist, film-maker and author, John Pilger is one of only two to win British journalism’s highest award twice. 

Jane Austen's Persuasion: A New Musical Drama

Jane Austen's Persuasion: A New Musical Drama

Though Jane Austen is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most prominent literary names, Persuasion is perhaps her least widely read work. 

Jamie Bartlett: The Dark Net

Jamie Bartlett: The Dark Net

Bartlett talks about his experience immersed in the internet’s most shocking and unexplored subcultures, from buying cannabis on the Amazon of drugs to hanging with Bitcoin anarchi… 

Stewart Lee: A Room With a Stew

Stewart Lee: A Room With a Stew

New material in preparation for the next series of BBC Two’s Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. 

Val Mcdermid: My Life In Five Games

Val Mcdermid: My Life In Five Games

One of the biggest names in crime writing, McDermid’s novels have been translated into 30 languages and sold over 10 million copies worldwide. 

Fred MacAulay: Him Off the Radio

Fred MacAulay: Him Off the Radio

How is life for Fred since leaving BBC Radio Scotland after all these years? And why did he leave? Did someone forget to get him a hot latte? Were any punches thrown? If you miss h… 

Rodney Bewes: Whatever Happened to the Likely Lad?

Rodney Bewes: Whatever Happened to the Likely Lad?

An audience with Rodney Bewes. 

The Garden Man

The Garden Man

What’s living in the garden, among the grass and in the trees? Is it a bird, or is it a bee? Maybe it’s the Garden Man? Come along today and see! The Garden Man is a story insp… 

Sinatra: 100 Years – Celebrating Frank Sinatra’s Centenary

Sinatra: 100 Years – Celebrating Frank Sinatra’s Centenary

In short, we’ll let others speak! ‘Doing it his way, the ghost of Sinatra lives on’ (Times). 

The Missing Hancocks: Live in Edinburgh! (Show B)

The Missing Hancocks: Live in Edinburgh! (Show B)

BBC Radio 4’s smash hit – live! Hancock’s Half Hour, lovingly recreated with a stellar cast led by Kevin McNally as The Lad Himself. 

Imaan After My Own Heart

Imaan After My Own Heart

Imaan is in Love. 

Stewart Francis: Pun Gent

Stewart Francis: Pun Gent

If you’re going to see one show this year, make it Count Arthur Strong. 

The Amazing Bubbleman

The Amazing Bubbleman

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. 

So That's What We Voted For?

So That's What We Voted For?

Radical satirical Scottish comedy, following the sell-out success of Aye Right? How No? at the 2014 Fringe, and on global television. 

Phil Nichol’s Cray Cray Cabaret

Phil Nichol’s Cray Cray Cabaret

From the award-winning star of Catastrophe (Channel 4) and Uncle (BBC3), and the producers of award-winning megashow The Wrestling comes the anarchic late night gang-show of your d… 

The Gospel Inquiry

The Gospel Inquiry

The Gospel Inquiry by Sandy Nelson. 

The Man

The Man

Come see the birth of a true modern jester, a voice for the people. 

Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies

Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies

Returning to AR Fringe after a 2014 sell-out, sold out off-Broadway, and front page of ThreeWeeks. 

Sam Brady: Kindness

Sam Brady: Kindness

Award-winning comedian and failed Buddhist monk Sam Brady explores his ongoing struggle to be a good person, and asks why kindness is so undervalued and so hard to practice. 

Joanna Neary: Faceful of Issues

Joanna Neary: Faceful of Issues

The much-loved Celia, housewife and host, returns, on tour with her Toxborough Village Hall Chat Show, in aid of the Animal Hospital, for a kitten who needs an iron lung. 

Craig Campbell: Don't Look Down

Craig Campbell: Don't Look Down

We’ve all got ‘em: struggles, self-orchestrated pitfalls, flat tyres, ball cancer… Un/fortunately we can’t all make a living droning on about them to room full (dreamer) of peopl… 

Simon Singh: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Simon Singh: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Simon Singh has a very easy style and voice which belies the genius within. 

And They Played Shang-a-Lang

And They Played Shang-a-Lang

The show is narrated by a theatre director who is reflecting on his school days in 1970’s Edinburgh. 

Tom Stade: Decisions Decisions

Tom Stade: Decisions Decisions

Looking back at it, Tom Stade is the ideal performer to subdue the rowdy (but never disruptive) last-weekend-of-the-Fringe, Friday-night-on-George-Street, Assembly-Rooms-Ballroom c… 

Owen Jones: The Establishment

Owen Jones: The Establishment

In the ironically grand setting of the Assembly Rooms, Owen Jones gave a rallying and convincing cry against the establishment. 

Bridge Over Troubled Lager (Volume 2)

Bridge Over Troubled Lager (Volume 2)

Bridge Over Troubled Lager (Volume 2) from Rory McGrath and Philip Pope is an evening of easy listening funny tunes and mild jokes. 

Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Polly Toynbee and David Walker

In the lavish surroundings of the Assembly Rooms, Guardian journalists Polly Toynbee and David Walker dive straight in at the deep end. 

David Kay

David Kay

Successful stand-ups usually have a memorable on-stage persona; it may be manic, taciturn or just ‘nice’, but it’s what they’re remembered for. 

Steve Richards: Rock'n'Roll Politics Special

Steve Richards: Rock'n'Roll Politics Special

In a brand new show, award-winning political columnist and broadcaster Steve Richards takes you behind the scenes as the referendum looms and the next British general election move… 

Jim Al-Khalili: Quantum - Still Crazy After All These Years

Jim Al-Khalili: Quantum - Still Crazy After All These Years

I gave up studying all forms of science at the age of 15, so on the surface, I would not be the natural choice for Jim Al-Khalili’s Quantum – Still Crazy After All These Yea… 

Jonathan Meades: A Stroll Down False Memory Lane

Jonathan Meades: A Stroll Down False Memory Lane

‘Forensically, mordantly, occasionally lovingly, Meades deconstructs the 1950s. 

Liz Lochhead: Somethings Old, Somethings New

Liz Lochhead: Somethings Old, Somethings New

Liz Lochhead’s solo spoken word show at Assembly Rooms opens with songs from Joni Mitchell’s delicately moody album ‘Blue’ on the sound system; appropriate not only for her… 

Mark Thompson: The Secrets of the Universe... Exposed

Mark Thompson: The Secrets of the Universe... Exposed

The welcome recording over the PA tells us that this event is part of the Assembly Rooms’ ‘Enchanting ideas’ series for a ‘more discerning audience’, getting a chuckle … 

Lucy Worsley: A Very British Murder

Lucy Worsley: A Very British Murder

Who doesn’t love a good murder? Most of Britain does apparently and this preoccupation is not a recent event. 

Bright Club: Scotland’s Fringe

Bright Club: Scotland’s Fringe

We’re straight from the research field to the Fringe! Bright Club is the freshest thing in stand-up - an academic comedy cocktail synthesised for your entertainment and enlighten… 

Barnardo’s Big Comedy Benefit

Barnardo’s Big Comedy Benefit

We’re back with another bumper-length show for a fantastic cause! Hosted by Jo Caulfield, this comedy extravaganza gives you a chance to preview a selection of this year’s top … 

The Fair Intellectual Club

The Fair Intellectual Club

In 1717, three young women strove to discover ‘what we might attain unto if we were as industrious to cultivate our minds as we are to adorn our bodies’, and so set up the soci… 

John Bird: Money, Sex and Justice- How to Change Your World

John Bird: Money, Sex and Justice- How to Change Your World

John Bird started The Big Issue magazine. His story is achingly funny and powerfully inspiring. It will make you want to rush out and start making changes in your own life. 

A Split Decision

A Split Decision

This topical drama casts Scotland and England in the roles of bickering husband and wife, mediated by a third party functioning as both marriage therapist and collective child of B… 

Richard Wiseman: Night School

Richard Wiseman: Night School

Night School is an odd ‘show’ that seems to hover somewhere between an entertaining lecture and a TED talk. 

The Amazing Bubble Man

The Amazing Bubble Man

Children will love this fun spectacle of bubble-blowing and even grown-ups will be impressed by the Amazing Bubble Man’s feats; not ten minutes into the show, I heard a Dad in fr… 

Camille O’Sullivan: 10

Camille O’Sullivan: 10

You can’t help but wonder how many people fall in love with Camille O’Sullivan during her show each night. 

A Short Story About A Story

A Short Story About A Story

The true roots of fiction are often misunderstood, strangely explained and just plain lied about. 

Dr Bunhead's Secret Science Lab

Dr Bunhead's Secret Science Lab

TV’s favourite stunt scientist (from Brainiac, Blue Peter, etc) reveals his top secret science recipes for amazing experiments you can do at home - but probably shouldn’t! Liquid m… 

John O’Farrell: 25 Years of Writing Stupid Jokes

John O’Farrell: 25 Years of Writing Stupid Jokes

In John O’Farrell’s 25 Years of Writing Stupid Jokes, he tells the story of his comedy career: first as a writer on the likes of Spitting Image and Have I Got News for You a… 

Township Voices

Township Voices

The Dloko High School Choir from Umlazi Township, SA explode on stage with gospel, Zulu songs and dance. 

Martin Rowson: Hung, Drawn and Quartered

Martin Rowson: Hung, Drawn and Quartered

Romp through a 32,000 year history of visual satire, the life and work of William Hogarth and the power of giving and taking offence, along the way exposing the techniques, practic… 

Elaine C Smith

Elaine C Smith

With three decades of performing under her belt, Elaine C. 

Siddhartha, the Musical

Siddhartha, the Musical

You’ve probably seen the posters featuring a half-naked man covered in oil- exactly what Herman Hesse had in mind when he wrote his classic philosophical novel. 

Tony Benn: A Celebration

Tony Benn: A Celebration

A celebration of the life and legacy of one of our finest politicians. 

Virginia Ironside: Growing Old Disgracefully

Virginia Ironside: Growing Old Disgracefully

Virginia Ironside writes a regular agony column for the Independent and the OIdie and her latest comic novel is No! I Don’t Need Reading Glasses! In her one-woman show she explai… 

13 Sunken Years

13 Sunken Years

Three women, three generations, tied together not only by blood but also by the magic of the river that runs through their remote Finnish town. 

Owen O’Neill: Red Noise

Owen O’Neill: Red Noise

Owen O’Neill is a much better poet than he is a comic. 

Bulletproof

Bulletproof

“What happens when you think you’re being hilarious and other people just think you are causing anarchy?” Despite beginning with a gripping premise about censors, sensitivity a… 

Fred MacAulay: The Frederendum

Fred MacAulay: The Frederendum

At the risk of damning Fred McAuley with faint praise, this is an extremely competent set. 

Cocktails with the Diva

Cocktails with the Diva

The Oxford Dictionary describes ‘Diva’ as: “A celebrated female opera singer, a famous female singer of popular music, or a woman regarded as temperamental or haughty”. 

Rob Deering: Musicface

Rob Deering: Musicface

Cutting through the audience with a sunburst Fender acoustic guitar, Rob Deering attempts to capture the spirit of Richie Havens at Woodstock, before singing a frustratingly catchy… 

Ruby Wax: Sane New World

Ruby Wax: Sane New World

Only Ruby Wax would have the tenacity to walk on stage, hardly acknowledge the audience and make herself a cup of tea before beginning to even think about starting her show. 

Tom Shillue: Impossible

Tom Shillue: Impossible

American stand-up Tom Shillue opens by asking why he, a comic on his first run at the Fringe, has the right to stand on stage for an hour and talk about himself. 

George Galloway: My Life in Five Games

George Galloway: My Life in Five Games

George Galloway is best known as the fiercely pro-Palestinian Respect Party MP for West Bradford. 

Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies

Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies

Writer and performer Jessica Sherr claims she has always been in love with the 1930s and 40s and it shows in this enjoyable and insightful one-woman show. 

The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant

The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant

The Fringe’s late-summer position in the calendar means that few of those who visit the Scottish capital ever experience one particular form of indigenous theatre — pantomime… 

Don't Tell Him Pike

Don't Tell Him Pike

Through the 60’s and 70’s BBC television went through a golden period for producing some of the best situation comedy, amongst which was the great Dad’s Army. 

The Pitiless Storm

The Pitiless Storm

For all its claims of being a one-man show, the stage can get pretty crowded during The Pitiless Storm. 

Pam Ayres

Pam Ayres

Pam Ayres returns to the Fringe for the first time since 2006. 

Tanya Byron: The Skeleton Cupboard: The Making of a Clinical Psychologist

Tanya Byron: The Skeleton Cupboard: The Making of a Clinical Psychologist

Tanya Byron shares powerful stories from her years of training as a clinical psychologist and highlights the struggles of patients and staff alike on the journey from chaos to clar… 

Des Clarke: The Trouble with Being Des

Des Clarke: The Trouble with Being Des

The Trouble with Being Des, according to Des Clarke, is that he has an inner demon man child inside him which makes him “weird”—not least within the context of growing u… 

Concerto Without Orchestra

Concerto Without Orchestra

You might find yourself wondering how far into the past you’ve strayed during this excellent piano concert by Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell. 

Laughter Is the Worst Medicine

Laughter Is the Worst Medicine

Basing your second Edinburgh show on the serious medical crisis which cut short your first run at the Fringe the previous year is patently logical. 

Danny Bhoy: 12 Nights, 12 Charities

Danny Bhoy: 12 Nights, 12 Charities

There’s a particular pleasure in seeing someone do their job incredibly well. 

Robert Lewellyn: Electric Cars Are Rubbish. Aren't They?

Robert Lewellyn: Electric Cars Are Rubbish. Aren't They?

Environmentally friendly? Sustainable? More like greenie hogwash! Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn suggests we take off our Clarkson ear muffs and hear a different take. 

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Jay Rayner is a real presence, a big guy with a big voice who is very comfortable with addressing an audience. 

Scott Capurro Islamohomophobia: Reloaded

Scott Capurro Islamohomophobia: Reloaded

Age hasn’t softened Scott Capurro; nor, it has to be said, has marriage. 

Fylm School

Fylm School

Serial innovator Simon Munnery turns host and fylm director, to introduce the Fringe’s top comedians to his camera, projector and cinema screen for a one-night only slice of stan… 

Hancock’s Last Half Hour by Heathcote Williams

Hancock’s Last Half Hour by Heathcote Williams

“Ladies and gentlemen, I shall now bid you all good day. 

Chris Mullin: Tony Benn – An Appreciation

Chris Mullin: Tony Benn – An Appreciation

Former Labour minister and fellow diarist, Chris Mullin, for 35 years one of Benn’s closest friends, offers a sympathetic but not uncritical assessment of one of the most signifi… 

The Assembly Rooms Very Best of the Fest

The Assembly Rooms Very Best of the Fest

Itison presents seven superb showcases featuring the very best comedy from across the Fringe. 

Andrew Maxwell: Hubble Bubble

Andrew Maxwell: Hubble Bubble

Award nominee and star of the Edinburgh Fringe, Andrew Maxwell returns for just 12 shows, with a fantastic new hour of mischievous charm and boundary-nudging wit. 

Andrew Lawrence: Reasons to Kill Yourself

Andrew Lawrence: Reasons to Kill Yourself

Stand-up comedy’s foremost creepy-faced ginger man, star of BBC1’s ‘Live at the Apollo’ and a regular on Channel 4’s Stand-Up For The Week. 

MacBraveheart: The Other Scottish Play

MacBraveheart: The Other Scottish Play

Rooted in the past of a dystopian pre-independence future - that means a minimalist set littered with industrial remnants and a broken toilet - Scotland’s greatest heroes, Wallac… 

Nick Revell - Closet Optimist

Nick Revell - Closet Optimist

Veteran comedian, ‘brilliantly satirical’ (Time Out) co-creator of No Pressure to be Funny, ‘one of the best topical comedy podcasts out there’ (Huffington Post), BBC’s N… 

Billy, the Monster and Me!

Billy, the Monster and Me!

Colour The Clouds present Billy, The Monster and Me! Join Billy on his adventure of a lifetime! Find out what happens when a Monster appears in Billy’s bedroom on the very day th… 

The Trial of Jane Fonda

The Trial of Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda is one of the most controversial anti-war activists in American history. 

Barbara Nice: Squirrel Proof

Barbara Nice: Squirrel Proof

Phoenix Nights’ Holy Mary, Janice Connolly, returns to the festival with a shrewd, sharp and current new show exploring the on-going battle we have with keeping nature at bay in …